Friday, September 14, 2012

Job 24

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 24. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • This chapter is a continuation of Job’s response to Eliphaz.
  • Job opens this chapter wishing God would have a day of judgment. This is ironic because the Bible later teaches that God will, in fact, have a day where we will stand before God and have to answer for the wrongs we have done. The Bible also teaches that if we choose to follow Jesus then our sins are forgiven so on that day we can say we’re with Jesus.
  • However, it’s also really revealing that Job would want a day of judgment. It shows that Job clearly felt he was innocent of committing any wrongs before God. Most of us, including me, would rather that day of judgment to be later rather than sooner but not Job. He knew he lived a pure life.
  • Job also cries out about how unjustly the poor were being treated. Job cared about those who were less fortunate.
  • Then Job again shows a deep understanding of God and how God reacts to human suffering. Job describes the wickedness of evil people and says it may appear as if God isn’t watching but he is.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Job is a man who had a very profound understanding of God and his nature. This is something that most people never do much more than scratch the surface of. However, Job knew God. "Why?", you may ask. I think a very large part of it was because of Job’s sufferings. If we let our sufferings draw us close to God then they can become a sort of magnifying glass where we can see deeper into God’s heart. It’s an odd thing but those who have experienced it know it to be true. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • We can trust God in times of trouble and he will always produce something special from them. It may not be material. It may be only spiritual. But for those who experience the later will always say it was worth it. What tough times are you going through right now? Any this week? Are you trusting God and drawing closer to him in these tough times? If not why? Are you mad? Disappointed? Frustrated with God? Take those feelings to him as well. God wants to be there with you through your tough times as well as the good.